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An extra post this week, this post is for Seth Apter’s Art collaboration project; Burried Treasure. It was first published in April 2010.

Previously, I introduced you to Acrylic Dabbers. In today’s post I will share one of my favorite techniques for using them.

Rust Technique 1

My 6x 4 Challenge piece for Layers, May 2009

The rust technique was used on the die cut frame on this piece last year. Follow the tutorial below to create this technique for your own projects.

You Will Need

  • Acrylic Dabbers in Terracotta, Espresso and Silver
  • Die cut shape in black cardstock
  • Craft sheet
  • Scrap of sponge or Kitchen paper
  • Mini mister (optional but useful)


To See how to creat the effect, please watch the film below.


This technique works best if your base card is dark. It is also best done on itricate die cuts that simulate wroght iron work. Go for designs that are fine and intricate rather than larger areas. Less is more with this technique.

Since making this tutorial I have started to experiment with other brands/types of acrylic paint. If you don’t have dabbers, do experiment with the acrylics that you have.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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